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climate; ecology; environment; food; geology; GIS; hydrology; micro plastic pollution; natural flood management; politics; water; water and sanitation infrastructure; water engineering

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

water@leeds draws together over 500 academics and postgraduates from across the University of Leeds to deliver excellent, internationally leading water science, technology and policy research. The diversity of our membership means water@leeds is a focus for delivering interdisciplinary water research and innovation, whilst maximising the effectiveness of water sector research funding.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p><a href="">water@leeds</a> was created in 2009 in response to emerging global water issues, recognising that we have to take an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the grand challenges around water. water@leeds has expanded its expertise and interdisciplinary approach across arts and humanities, social sciences and law, environmental sciences, business studies, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences, biological and health studies.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re proud to be one of the world&rsquo;s largest interdisciplinary water research centres. Our members work with a huge variety of similarly concerned organisations in the UK, Europe, and throughout the world. As an international, research-led University, we provide training in all aspects of water, with the unique aim of helping develop innovative, excellent and interdisciplinary water experts capable of delivering innovative solutions to water research, practice, management and policy challenges.</p> <p>We continue to attract the most talented candidates from the UK and across the world to our training courses and postgraduate academic programmes, where we provide an environment that supports the development of technical and transferable skills. Our alumni, who are now living and working worldwide, are our best ambassadors and a testament to our commitment to academic excellence.</p> <p>We aim to tackle the global research challenges associated with water and to generate a step-change in terms of interdisciplinary research, scientific solutions, outcomes and their impact on the water environment.&nbsp;An example of our work and achievements can be further explored via our <a href="">website</a> and <a href="">annual reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Within its wider network, water@leeds reaches an array of institutions from the private, public and third sectors, enabling its young researchers a breadth of connections, resources, and awareness to worldwide water issues.</p> <p>The water@leeds Doctoral Research and Training Centre (DRTC) is providing PhD students with a platform to network and share news and expertise; generate collaborations that enrich both the science and student experience at the University of Leeds. Being a member of the water@leeds DRTC requires an active approach, which benefits our graduates when it comes to developing their future career.</p> <p>The DRTC runs the Supporting Postgraduate Research to Inspire the Next Generation (SPRING) competition scheme: a postgraduate research funding competition open to all DRTC members. SPRING aims to provide additional research funds to research postgraduates to extend the scale and scope of their research projects. There are no disciplinary boundaries for PhD topics. As a DRTC member, you will receive a dedicated newsletter with news and opportunities and will be able to apply to our SPRING competition.</p> <p>We have a growing group of alumni members, who represent water@leeds globally, promote our research activities and generate overseas partnerships.&nbsp;</p> <h5>The four water@leeds missions are:</h5> <h5>Mission 1 &ndash; Research</h5> <p>Provide excellent internationally recognised water science,<br /> technology and policy research.</p> <h5>Mission 2&nbsp;&ndash; Partnerships</h5> <p>Maximise the effectiveness of research funding in the water sector<br /> by becoming the focus for interdisciplinary water research.</p> <h5>Mission 3&nbsp;&ndash; Impact</h5> <p>Generate world-leading research which has major impacts on<br /> society, environment and the economy.</p> <h5>Mission 4&nbsp;&ndash; Next generation</h5> <p>Train new innovative, excellent and interdisciplinary water experts<br /> to work at the cutting edge of water research, management and<br /> policy.</p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?&nbsp;</h5> <p><strong>96% of our research is world-leading (REF 2021)&nbsp;</strong><br /> At Leeds, our research addresses the most prevalent real-world challenges &ndash; providing solutions that have had both a national and global impact.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">water@leeds</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="">Dr Pazit Ziv</a>.</p>

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